Nollywood actress and filmmaker, Omoni Oboli has said former President Goodluck Jonathan gave her career a boost.
In a recent interview with Punch, Oboli said Jonathan‘s decision to watch her directorial debut was the boost she needed.
She said, “Being Mrs. Elliott was my directorial debut, and I had applied to show the movie to the president and he obliged. Anything that gives you publicity for your movies prior to the cinema release is definitely always welcome by any serious filmmaker. It was a great honour and a beautiful boost to my career as a filmmaker. To launch out that way was definitely the very thing I needed then and I’m thankful for it.”
On how she ventured into the film industry, the actress said, “A lot of people helped me when I first stepped into the scene as a young actor. There was Obi Osotule, Keppy Ekpenyong, Opa Williams, and Fred Amata who helped me get into the industry. Fidelis Duker and Lancelot Imasuen were the first to give me the lead role in a movie, Not my Will, and then later, Destined to Die, in the same year. Hilda Dokubo gave me a role in her movie, Another Campus Tale, as the lead female. After my long break from the industry, Emem Isong-Misodi was the one who gave me the opportunity for a come-back, even though it didn’t feel like a come-back. It felt more like starting from the beginning.”